The Cape boys' lacrosse team took no consolation in fighting off their backs against Salesianum in a May 12 game at Baynard Stadium, getting down 4-0 early and coming back for a 14-7 double down defeat.
The 2014 season with a senior-dominated team is not about a consolation prize. The quest is a state championship, and that train is running right through Salesianum.
"The game today was only about today," coach Jack Lingo said after the Monday loss. “There is no guarantee there will be a second game. I am happy with our effort after a poor start, and we learned a lot about who needs to elevate their games against a great team like Sallies. But there is a lot of lacrosse to play before we can think of a round two matchup.”
Luke Benson had the most productive day for Cape, scoring three goals to go with three assists. Cape's other goals were by Michael Hopkins, Kyle Orton and Justin Lopez. Hopkins and A.J. Marshall also added an assist.
Salesianum was paced by Sam Fink with 5, Jason Kelly 4, Luke Bianhino 3 and Bailey Martin 1.
Michael Drake had 4 assists for Sallies while Martin, Kelly, Fink and Bianchino each had one.
Cape goalie Grant Gillan faced 37 shots and saved a career-best 16.
Salesianum goalie Ryan Kern had 8 saves.
The Vikings dominated Wilmington Friends 16-1 at home May 13, improving to 12-3 on the season. Cape will host Delmar at 7 p.m., Friday, May 16, for the Henlopen Conference Championship.
The DIAA boys' state tournament begins Tuesday, May 20. The tournament seeding will be announced Saturday night, May 17.